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CREA Provides Overview to Senate Agriculture Committee

February 15, 2012

We’d like to thank Sen. Gail Schwartz, Chair of the Colorado Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee for allowing CREA to provide an overview of the the Colorado electric co-op program to the committee this morning. CREA Executive Director Kent Singer and Director of Government Relations Geoffrey Hier gave a slide presentation that showed the unique characteristics of the 22 distribution co-ops in Colorado and described the many innovative energy projects that have been initiated by the co-ops.  We explained to the committee how the electric co-ops are closely tied to their communities and regulated by their locally-elected boards of directors. We also talked about the importance of maintaining our independence and how the co-ops are responsive to the wishes of their member-owners.

We appreciate the attentiveness of the committee, and the time they gave us to tell the co-op story. We hope that this committee and all 100 legislators will keep in mind the diversity of our systems and the impacts on electric rates when considering any new energy policies.

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